The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era

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Smithsonian Institution, 2013 - History - 367 pages
WINNER OF THE DEXTER PRIZE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY

Launched by the Third Reich in late 1944, the first ballistic missile, the V-2, fell on London, Paris, and Antwerp after covering nearly two hundred miles in five minutes. It was a stunning achievement, one that heralded a new age of ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles. Michael J. Neufeld gives the first comprehensive and accurate account of the story behind one of the greatest engineering feats of World War II. At a time when rockets were minor battlefield weapons, Germany ushered in a new form of warfare that would bequeath a long legacy of terror to the Cold War, as well as the means to go into space. Both the US and USSR's rocket programs had their origins in the Nazi state.
 

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In The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era, Michael J. Neufeld “aims to provide a balanced and readable history of the German Army liquid-fueled rocket program ... Read full review

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A rather serious book that focuses more on the politics and organizational challenges than on the technology and day to day operations. He also discusses the forced labor workers who worked not only ... Read full review

Contents

Summer 1943
1
The Founding of Peenemünde
41
Breakthrough in Key Technologies
73
Peenemündes Time of Troubles
111
Speer Himmler and Slave Labor
167
Peenemündes Legacy
267
The German Army Ordnance
281
Significant Abbreviations Used in the Notes
289
Bibliography and Archival Sources
333
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Michael J. Neufeld is a space history curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War.

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